Catapult Far-Field Antenna Test Range
22 Mar 2018



The Catapult has established a 400m far-field antenna test range at its Harwell site, essentially replicating the now-closed Cobham (Leatherhead) antenna range.


The Catapult test range will be used primarily for the development, characterisation and type approval of satellite communication antennas for use on satellite tel​ecommunications networks. It will comprise two antenna towers and cover all satellite communication bands from C to Ka, helping British and international satcom terminal manufacturers develop and test new products. 

The range, located on the Harwell campus, offers the capability to test satellite communication bands C, Ka, Ku and X, helping satellite communication terminal manufacturers develop and test new products.
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Expected antenna range characteristics as follows: 

  • Range length: 400m 
  • Transmit tower height: 3m 
  • Receive tower height: 13m 
  • Antenna characterisation for gain, co-polar/cross-polar discrimination and raster scan 
  • ​Waveguide switches for band switching, enabling reduced measurement times, higher capacity, and lower cost to customers​​​
Part of the Far Field Antenna Range at Harwell